Speaking of Suzuki, it may be a manufacturer with a strong image of a mini car, but did you know that it has been highly evaluated in recent years even in the field of compact cars?
This time, I would like to introduce recommended generations and specifications when aiming for a used car of “Swift” which is a compact car that represents Suzuki.
Currently, the 4th generation model of Swift has been on sale since 2016, but this time it may be a used car, so let’s focus on the model before the 3rd generation of the previous generation and introduce it.
“Swift” which made a big evolution in the second generation model
The first model of Swift in Japan was the one that appeared in January 2000. The reason for prefaced that it is in Japan is that there were already models with the Swift car name outside Japan.
The first Swift, which appeared in 2000, adopted the platform for Suzuki’s ordinary cars at that time. The side panels and doors were often mistaken for a mini car base because they were diverted from the mini car “Kei”, but a solid platform for ordinary cars was used.
However, the cost is suppressed by diversion of Kei’s body panel, etc., and the overwhelmingly low price of 790,000 yen for the new car price and the usability of the 5-door hatchback with the cheapest specifications even though it is equipped with a 1.3L engine It was good and had a certain degree of popularity with those who wanted an affordable vehicle.
And it was the second generation model that appeared in November 2004 that greatly boosted the evaluation of Swift. The second-generation Swift was developed as Suzuki’s global strategic vehicle (although the predecessor model was also exported) and adopted a newly designed platform. With the new platform created by researching European cars, we succeeded in obtaining a solid driving taste.
At the same time, the interior and exterior design also had a sense of humor and a high texture compared to the predecessor, which was an extension of the mini vehicle, and became a driving force that boosted Suzuki’s reputation at once.
Following the highly acclaimed second generation, the third generation Swift, which appeared in August 2010, has been redesigned to be lighter and more rigid, although styling was the keep concept of the previous generation. By expanding the body size and extending the wheelbase, a more stable ride was realized.
The engine has been unified to 1.2L, which has a smaller displacement than the predecessor, but with a lightweight body (2WD car) of less than 1 ton and the adoption of a highly efficient CVT (5-speed MT is also continuously set), the power is not inferior to the predecessor. It was also characterized by having high performance and even higher fuel efficiency.
Another pillar of Swift, “Swift Sport”
When talking about successive Swift, the hot model “Swift Sport” is probably the one that cannot be excluded.
The first Swift Sport appeared in June 2003, when the base car was partially improved, and was equipped with a specially tuned 1.5L engine on a highly rigid 3-door hatchback body that was not included in the Japanese specifications. It was a hottest model equipped with rear brake discs, body rigidity-enhancing parts, and Recaro bucket seats as standard equipment on a 5-speed MT with undercarriage and cross ratio.
The second generation that follows appeared in September 2005. The body is a 5-door hatchback like the base car, but in order to install a dedicated muffler with two left and right, the rear floor shape is dedicated, and Monroe is adopted for the shock absorber for further driving performance. Played an improvement. The on-board engine is also a 1.6L high-octane specification that has been newly tuned for exclusive use, and in addition to the 5-speed MT, the 4-speed AT is also set, which is a big difference from the previous generation.
Then, in December 2011, the baton touched to the third generation. The engine is equipped with the same 1.6L M16A type as the predecessor, but by adopting a variable intake system and realizing high efficiency, it generates 136PS, which is 11PS up. As for the transmission, MT has been changed to 6-speed, and AT has been changed from 4-speed AT to CVT.
The body has been made larger like the base car, but by thoroughly reducing the weight, the weight of the vehicle has been reduced compared to the previous model, and together with the powered-up engine, the potential has been greatly increased.
If you are aiming for a used Swift car from now on, the 3rd generation is recommended!
If you are aiming for a used Swift car from now on, the 3rd generation model with a good balance between price and performance is recommended. The second-generation model is not bad in terms of performance, but considering that 12 years have passed even in the final model, it is honestly difficult to recommend it to everyone.
If it is the 3rd generation model, there are abundant relatively old-fashioned vehicles, and conversely, there are cheap properties that cost less than 100,000 yen for those close to the initial model, so choose a car according to your budget. It has the advantage of being easy to do.
However, if you purchase it as a car that you use on a daily basis, it is difficult to recommend a car that is too young or overrun, so the price of the vehicle itself is 500,000 yen or less and the mileage is 50,000. If you narrow down the search to cars with no repair history less than km, about 100 hits. Among them, “DJE” type vehicles equipped with a late model dual jet engine are also within the range, so it can be said that it is a strong option with a strong sense of purchase.